Susan Holmes

Susan Holmes
  • Head Teacher, Nehru World School, Ghaziabad

Currently Head Teacher at Nehru World School in Ghaziabad, I have enjoyed a rich and varied career in Education, firstly in the UK (5 schools) and then overseas. 


BA (Honours) German and English Literature (1982) – Liverpool University 

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) (1983) – Birmingham University 

MA (Education) (1993) – Leicester University 

National Professional Qualification for Head Teachers (NPQH) (2001) – HTI Leadership Programme 

Education Doctorate – Leaders and Leadership in Education (2003 – 2005) taught part completed;  Post Graduate Diploma in Research in Education awarded January 2010. 

Career in the UK: 

My career in the UK started with setting up the German department in a large comprehensive school to rising to Head of the Modern Languages department (French and German), before moving into Senior Management positions involving school improvement, curriculum development, policy development, professional learning as well as leading the implementation of a range of new government initiatives and policy.  

Career Overseas 

After 23 years working in the UK and with a passion for travel and playing a role in educational development overseas, I decided it was time for a change. In 2006, I took up the first of two postings in Nigeria as Principal. Probably the most notable achievement was establishing the Senior Secondary wing of one of the schools (class 10 and 11), with the Cambridge Curriculum coming into place alongside the West African Curriculum.  

After 7 years in Nigeria, I moved to Malaysia, leading a K- 11 school, where Malaysian families were able to choose either the Malaysian National Curriculum or the International Curriculum –  the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) with the Cambridge Curriculum in the Primary School and the English National Curriculum and the Cambridge Curriculum in the Secondary School; while expatriate children followed the International Curriculum. It was a joy to learn together with students from all over the world, whose parents were essentially involved in development projects throughout the country.   

While School Principal roles are rich and varied, the following three areas have been central to all positions: 

  • Strategic Development Planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review and the Annual Learning Improvement Planning; 
  • Continuing Professional Development, with a focus on improving the quality of teaching and learning, use of active learning strategies and integration of Bloom’s taxonomy; using technology to enhance learning outcomes; 
  • Developing School Policies, Practices and Systems with all staff. 

In my free time, I continue to enjoy travelling, walking, reading and listening to literature and keeping up to date with what’s happening in the world! 

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